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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Offers Newest Innovation in CT Scans

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (May 5, 2008) - Thanks to the utilization of the newest scanning technology, it now takes less than a minute for Morton Plant North Bay to provide less invasive, faster and more comfortable diagnostic procedures.

The 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner features the fastest gantry rotation in the imaging industry – 0.33 seconds per rotation – to produce high-quality, three-dimensional images of the entire chest in just 20 seconds that results in a number of patient benefits.

“As part of our commitment to providing the best in health care, this cutting-edge technology gives the Pasco Community access to the fastest, most effective scanning system available,” said Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Chief Operating Officer John Couris. “This innovation is a continuation of our ultimate goal, which is providing the best health care for our patients.”

Instead of an invasive procedure such as heart catheterization, or an angiogram, a single scan can be used to assess the status and function of coronary arteries, including plaque evaluation and stent patency.

In addition, the scanning speed requires patients to hold their breath for only 20 seconds for a full scan, a benefit for children and the elderly.

Faster results also lead to quicker diagnosis, earlier treatment, and possible heart attack prevention, along with reduced need for overnight hospital stay, leading to reduced medical expenses.

“The 64-slice CT helps pinpoint disease earlier and gives doctors more information to plan and track appropriate treatment,” Couris said. “The detailed images created by the 64-slice scanner make it possible for physicians to spot things that can’t be seen in images from older scanners, including the narrowing of artery walls that can cause a heart attack.”

The 64-slice CT, called Siemens Medical Solutions’s new SOMATOM™ Sensation Cardiac 64, was introduced on June 25, 2004 at Stanford University’s 6th Annual International Symposium.

Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 122-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay’s stroke care program has received the highest level of recognition - the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care are part of the first group of hospitals nationally to have earned re-certification of the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care from the Joint Commission. In 2008, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Fla., (727) 842-8468.

Contact: Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager or Jim Scavino (727) 462-7416 Phone, (727) 402-5976 Pager